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MedComms Networking - 27 November 2018
Here are your three new Writing bites for November!
I'm working with John Dixon, independent medical writer and trainer in scientific writing skills, to provide useful free tips for medical writers in MedComms (and others!). Our new series of "Writing bites" is growing on NetworkPharma.tv and on our MedComms Channel on YouTube.
The bites are all brief videos, which we record using Zoom.us platform. They're less than a couple of minutes each, provide useful tips for everyone and can help champion best practices in MedComms along the way. They're easily shared across social media channels and there's a long list of tips coming! I'm keen to hear your feedback and suggestions for more topics.
Our latest three Writing bites are:
Prefer the active voice [1.48 minutes]
Try to avoid smothering verbs [1.40 minutes]
Avoid long noun-adjective strings [1.31 minutes]
Meanwhile our experimentation with using the Zoom.us platform to reach out more widely to the MedComms wannabes continues. The next in our series of unique FirstMedCommsJob workshops (Writing skills for medical writers: what MedComms agencies expect, London, 13 February) is already nearly fully booked (just one place left at the time of writing). So, we're now testing an online approach to deliver some of the content. Our first trial virtual workshop will be on 13 December and you can watch John Dixon describing it here. It is, though, already fully booked. We filled it last week within 12 hours of making the announcement. All being well we'll use that experience to then plan more activities next year.
The virtual and the real world clearly deliver different benefits and certainly pose different challenges (frankly, both are highly challenging with the severely limited budgets and resources I have here) but as a community, it seems to me, we're still massively underplaying the online opportunities. If you'd like to play more then let me know.
As an example, the Zoom webinars are, frankly, stupidly simple to run for the wannabes. From our desks, wherever we are. I'd love to do many more. We can easily provide lots of insights about specific opportunities and working life in and around MedComms. Give me a shout if you'd like to reach out to them and talk about your own company, your roles, your training programmes and so on.
Meanwhile, of course, meeting face-to-face is always best so please, everyone, keep spreading the word about the next annual Open Oxford Careers event on 10 January. We'll have a dozen of the leading agencies there, so that's 40-50 MedComms specialists on site to chat about the business.
Finally, for your next coffee break...
Here's a new TED video we should all watch before the next team meeting... How to disagree productively and find common ground features Julia Dhar who calls herself a champion of ideas, facts and constructive disagreement.
Enjoy your week. Remember, details of our activities are kept bang up-to-date at www.MedCommsNetworking.com or give me a shout at any time if you've any questions, comments or suggestions.
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